A report published by the National Health Service revealed that the number of deceased organ donors has dropped because advances in medical care are saving more lives and family members are refusing to give consent. The report also suggested that in 2014, 429 patients died while on the active waiting list for an organ transplant, 38 of whom were waiting for heart transplants. Britain's organ donation crisis is threatening the lives of hundreds of patients who desperately need organ transplants.
Statistics showed there were 182 heart transplants carried out in the country in 2014, a drop of 12% and the number of people desperately waiting for a new heart has more than doubled in just five years. The report said, "At the end of March 2015, there were 6,943 patients on the transplant waiting list with a further 3,375 temporarily suspended from the list, because they were too ill to survive the operation."